SHAWNEE – East Central University added three Shawnee football players into their 2018 freshman class on National Signing Day Wednesday. D.J. Storie, Parker Greenwood and Josh Richardson each signed letters of intent to be among a cast of 22 freshman to new Tigers coach Al Johnson in the fall.
“They worked hard and improved a lot over the last three years,” Shawnee coach Billy Brown said.
Johnson took over at ECU this year after spending time as the assistant offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he played football for four years before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 2003.
The Tigers finished last season with a record of 2-9, leading head coach Tim Carty to resign from his position after 11 years with the school.
Storie played four years of varsity football with the Wolves and was awarded All-District honors and was named as an All-State honorable mention in 2017. He was also named to the Oklahoma Coaches' Association 2018 All-Star team.
Greenwood also played four years on the varsity team and was awarded All-District honors in his senior season.
Brown hasn't had the opportunity to meet Johnson yet, but knows his guys will work hard for him.
“They know the game and they're gonna work hard. That's why they're where they're at,” Brown said.
The three ECU athletes were joined by teammates Cody Johnson, who committed to Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois and Garrett Hopkins, who made a commitment to Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brown was happy to see them move on to the next level and continue their educations.
“They're good kids. If they can keep playing, they might as well,” he said.
Football wasn't the only sport to be noticed at Shawnee High Wednesday. Katelynn Wissman signed with Labette Community College in Parsons, Kan., to continue her volleyball career, Seth King signed on to play soccer at OBU and Tiara Blackshire inked with Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., where she will continue her softball career.
The only senior on the Lady Wolves' fastpitch team last year, Blackshire was named All-District catcher with a batting average of .333 and slugging percentage of .870 to help the Shawnee girls earn a spot in the state tournament.